This variety – Nosiola – is an ancient, regional specialty of Trentino-Alto Adige in Northern Italy, known for its distinctive hazelnut aromas that occur naturally, not from long-term oak or bottle aging (which can also contribute nuttiness in white wines). In Italian, “nocciola” means hazelnut, a clear etymological link.
After learning about this unique variety, we had to track down a wine made from it. When we discovered that Azienda Agricola Foradori makes a single variety expression, we were sold!!
This wine was made biodynamically, with ancient practices in the winery, including 8 months of skin contact in clay amphorae. The resulting wine is alive, awakening as it breathes, and evolving from sip to sip.
It first opened with notes of lemongrass, lemon verbena, fresh mint and basil, and delicate white pepper. As it evolved, it took on notes of geranium, white blossom, honeydew, grapefruit pith, elderberry, and wet stones. With even more time, I detected some of that hazelnut character, although, admittedly, it could have been the power of suggestion leading me there…
One thing is for certain: it’s delicious, layered, and like nothing we’ve tasted before. — 20 days ago
Good, clean, and crisp. Fruity and slightly acidic. Well balanced and would pair well with food — 2 months ago
Surprisingly good. I like this white wine. — 2 months ago
Queen of the Dolomites delivers. — 8 days ago
Delicate like a pinot with beautiful aroma’s and fruit — 2 months ago
Very good. Found at Publix. — 2 months ago
Pale straw color.
Aromas of green vegetal, citrus.
Dry. Flavors of lime, green apple, wet stone, white pepper.
Finish: 4/5 — a month ago
See 2 previous notes on this excellent wine. Honeysuckle and ripe pear - low acid. Unctuous is the texture. Pinot Bianco appears to be underrated and probably doesn’t get much better than this. If Pinot Bianco (PB) was always like this, everyone would be growing PB. — 2 months ago